Global insurance M&A reportedly at highest level in four years

Insurance Business Magazine | August 02, 2019

A new report by Clyde & Co found that the level of global insurance industry mergers and acquisitions (M&A) has increased considerably in recent times. According to Clyde & Co’s Insurance Growth Report, there were 222 completed M&A deals worldwide in the first half of 2019 up from 196 in the second half of 2018. This represents a 13% increase in M&A deals – the highest increase in the volume of transactions since the first half of 2015. The figure also represents the fourth consecutive six-month period of M&A growth. While the report found that the Americas was the most active region for M&A, with 93 recorded deals, it was Europe that reported the biggest increase in M&A activity – a 40% increase in M&A with 88 completed deals in H1 2019 compared to 64 in H2 2018. Of the European countries, France was leading in terms of insurance M&A activity and the second most active worldwide just behind the US. France is then followed by the UK and Spain.

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CL Life & Annuity Insurance Company and Insurance Technologies | September 26, 2022

Insurance Technologies, LLC., a provider of sales and regulatory automation solutions for the life and annuities insurance industries, announces that CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company (“CL Life”), a provider of insurance products that offer policyholders stable growth, tax deferral and income planning, has launched FireLight® e-Application. CL Life implemented FireLight to get new products to market quickly and efficiently while providing a superior digital agent and customer experience. “We wanted a digital solution that enabled quick speed to market and supported our digital strategies to make submitting annuity business with CL Life an easy and friendly process for agents, FireLight is the industry leader in the annuity and life market and provides us with the features and integration capabilities to efficiently create modernized and accelerated sales processes.” -Gary Sorensen, Director of Marketing & Sales, CL Life CL Life now provides agents with an easy way to sell CL Life annuity products through FireLight’s dynamic wizard e-application experience. The streamlined experience CL Life created includes e-Signature built-in into the sales workflow. So, agents can collect required signatures quickly and submit complete in-good-order application packages direct to CL Life. At Insurance Technologies, we know the importance of having the resources and tools to get products to market quickly and efficiently, We are happy to be able to supply CL Life the innovation and team support to create new digital sales processes and experiences and introduce new products to the industry quickly,said Clint Moore, Chief Operating Officer, Insurance Technologies. CL Life implemented FireLight with its new MYGA product released this month. Insurance Technologies has been a great partner in meeting our business, integration, and workflow requirements, The team at Insurance Technologies was easy to work with and provided the consultative support we needed to meet our implementation goals. We were able to go from concept to implementation in just eight weeks, said Sorensen. By using the standardized templates and rules within FireLight, we were able to provide a quick and efficient implementation experience, meeting CL Life’s timeline of two months, We are proud of the partnership with CL Life and look forward to working with them as they offer new products and expand their digital journey,said Moore. About CL Life & Annuity Insurance Company Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, CL Life and Annuity Insurance Company seeks to provide insurance products specially designed for retirement assets that offer stable growth, tax deferral, and income planning. Its mission is to provide competitive products that meet the financial goals of policy holders, investing in assets for the purpose of growing policy holder premiums aimed at generating strong returns with the flexibility to secure their future. CL Life is an affiliate of Crestline Investors, Inc., an institutional investment management firm with approximately $15.4 billion in assets under management. About Insurance Technologies Insurance Technologies provides innovative sales and regulatory automation solutions to the insurance industry. Offering a suite of integrated sales solutions, from pre-sale functions to quoting and illustrations through e-application and e-delivery to post-sale services, Insurance Technologies provides carriers and distributors the sales capabilities and tools to create automated and cohesive sales experiences for their advisors and clients across the life and annuities insurance industries. The unique architecture and flexibility of its solutions deliver front and back-office configurability and usability to support multiple business strategies, encourage cross-channel growth and evolve with regulatory changes.

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Risk Strategies Acquires Beattie & Associates

Risk Strategies | September 16, 2022

Risk Strategies, a leading national specialty insurance brokerage and risk management firm, today announced it has acquired Beattie & Associates, a retail agency in Missouri specializing in employee benefits for both individuals and employers. Terms of the deal were not announced. Headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, Missouri, Beattie & Associates is led by its principal, Tom Beattie. For more than 30 years, the agency has focused on helping both individuals and businesses across a range of industries, create effective and affordable employee benefits coverages that meet their specific needs. “We’re thrilled to welcome Tom and his team at Beattie & Associates to the Risk Strategies family, Their approach to both team and client work is a great fit with our culture and we’re excited to have them aboard as we expand our capabilities regionally.” -John Greenbaum, national employee benefits practice leader at Risk Strategies Beattie offers business clients a full range of employee benefit coverages, including group health, disability, life, dental, and vision, as well as associated support services. Beattie’s client base is highly loyal and largely concentrated in the Midwest Region. Wanting to preserve our specialty focus and expand our capabilities without losing our high-touch approach to client services made becoming part of Risk Strategies the absolute right choice, I’m excited by the possibilities to further extend our relationships and offerings, including property and casualty, to new and existing clients,said Beattie. In addition to its base in the St. Louis region, Beattie has presence across Big Sky and Bozeman, Montana, as well as Chicago. The Montana presence represents an expansion for Risk Strategies. Beattie’s Chicago presence will complement existing, long-standing Risk Strategies operations. About Risk Strategies Risk Strategies is a specialty national insurance brokerage and risk management firm offering comprehensive risk management advice and insurance and reinsurance placement for property & casualty, employee benefits, and private client services risks. With more than 30 specialty practices, Risk Strategies serves commercial companies, nonprofits, public entities, and individuals, and has access to all major insurance markets. Ranked among the top brokers in the country, Risk Strategies has over 100 offices including Boston, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Grand Cayman, Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

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Erie Insurance 'Future Focus' program recognized as a RISE Elite 50 industry internship program

Erie Insurance | September 20, 2022

The Erie Insurance (ERIE) Future Focus internship program has been named to the Rising Insurance Star Executive (RISE) list of the insurance industry's 50 best internship programs in 2022. This is the second consecutive year that ERIE has been honored. ERIE's summer internship program offers opportunities for college students to gain relevant and real-world business experience in the insurance industry and at a Fortune 500 company. "We're excited to be included on the RISE Elite 50 list for the second consecutive year. Our interns often tell us that our program is a premier offering in the industry, and this recognition is certainly a bonus, Year after year, the most impactful feedback comes directly from our interns, who, through an overwhelming response to our end-of-program survey, gave our 'Future Focus' program an average satisfaction rating of 4.8 out of 5 this year." -JR Wilwohl, talent acquisition partner and ERIE's internship program coordinator ERIE's internship program, which began more than 20 years ago and has helped launch the careers of hundreds of current ERIE employees, offers paid, competitive internships across several areas of the company. According to Jon O'Camb, talent acquisition manager, ERIE's Future Focus internships are one of the company's largest pipelines for early career talent and ERIE is committed to growing diversity within its talent pool. Our commitment to celebrating and valuing diversity continues, and our internship program is an extension of that. We're widening our talent pipeline by strengthening relationships with historically Black colleges and universities across ERIE's footprint and working with ERIE's affinity networks and DEI leadership to help further reach diverse candidates, Once our interns are hired, we also provide them with multiple opportunities to engage with our company's DEI and community outreach teams and encourage them to become active in ERIE's nine employee affinity networks during their internship with us,said O'Camb. In 2022, more than 100 ERIE interns worked in ERIE's IT, Underwriting, Risk Control, Actuarial, Data, Sales & Marketing, Claims, Corporate Services, Customer Service, Finance, Accounting, Internal Audit, Investments and ERIE Experience departments. Rising Insurance Star Executive (RISE) is an industry group founded to help bridge the talent gap by recognizing and advancing the best young talent in the insurance industry. There is nothing more impactful to building the talent pipeline for the Insurance Industry than our internships, Companies can test drive talent, learn from fresh perspectives, expose young professionals to their brand, foster leadership in current employees, and the list goes on. Interns gain real world experience, learn about their strengths and weaknesses and gauge whether a job or industry is the right career for them,read an announcement of the annual list from RISE. About Erie Insurance According to A.M. Best Company, Erie Insurance Group, based in Erie, Pennsylvania, is the 11th largest homeowners insurer, 13th largest automobile insurer and 13th largest commercial lines insurer in the United States based on direct premiums written. Founded in 1925, Erie Insurance is a Fortune 500 company and the 19th largest property/casualty insurer in the United States based on total lines net premium written. Rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best, ERIE has more than 6 million policies in force and operates in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

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